Mom faces charges for giving toddler beer

Jul 5, 2012, 3:44 PM | Updated: 6:25 pm

A Valley mom is facing child abuse charges for giving beer to her 2-year-old son.

The incident happened July 3 around 7:15 pm at the Peter Piper Pizza near Interstate 10 and Ray Road.

Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes said Valerie Topete, 36, admitted she poured beer into the toddler’s sippy cup because the boy kept reaching for her pitcher of beer.

“The witnesses told us that they actually, as they were watching this unfold, saw the child lift the sippy cup to his mouth and appear to be drinking from the sippy cup,” he said. “Initially, Ms. Topete told us the child did not drink from the cup when she poured beer in it.”

The toddler, along with two other children ages 4 and 8, who were also at the pizza restaurant with Topete are now in their father’s custody.

Topete faces one count of child abuse.

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